At CHDC we recognize that managing the environmental footprint of our properties is a critical piece of our preservation mission. Our green initiatives weave throughout CHDC’s activities and impact development, operations, and property management practices. CHDC’s Green Initiatives improve the quality of life and well-being of over XXX residents and of those living in surrounding neighborhoods. It improves the health and safety of work environment, the homes of our residents and our neighborhoods-creating a healthier place for all.
CHDC’s Green Initiatives
Our Green Goals
Our goals are the preservation of affordable and sustainable housing, sustained resident engagement to achieve positive community impact, and the promotion of green and sustainable practices for the long-term benefit of residents and communities. We strive to be resourceful, responsible stewards to improve lives and strengthen communities.
Our Green Programs
CHDC’s Green Initiatives include our green asset management strategy with green design and construction guidelines; our green rehab planning and assessment; our commitment to encouraging, educating and providing resources for living in a green community. To do so we are:
· Developing a Green Standard of Living
As we look comprehensively at our existing portfolio of properties, we are proactively making energy-saving retrofits and educating our staff and residents about green practices. CHDC’s approach requires the continuous monitoring of utility consumption across our property portfolio, which informs where conservation investments can be most effective and helps CHDC replace out dated systems and incorporate renewable energy generation across our portfolio.
· Building Green
We have developed high standards for energy efficiency that will be incorporated into our existing property management guidelines and into our new design and construction guidelines. On new projects we will work with architects, builders, and consultants to meet these goals. Additionally, we work closely with property management staff to maintain each building’s green upgrades and monitor the effectiveness of our conservation initiatives.
· Resident Engagement
CHDC is committed to initiating sustainability activities that are important to their residents and to the community. Our goal is to empower residents to invest in their community by involving them in the betterment process. CHDC plans to educate residents on green management of their residents and develop substantial activities that will engage residents and provide real opportunities for involvement. Examples of resident engagement include assisting with a tracking program for utility use reduction, or serve as “block captains” for water conservation.
· Encouraging purchasing Green
CHDC is working with a pilot program to offer residents in targeted disadvantaged communities the opportunity to purchase Advanced Technology Vehicles. This project will allow CHDC to provide financial assistance (price buy-down grants and loans) opportunities enabling consumers to purchase advanced technology vehicles, which will result in immediate greenhouse gas benefits and clean transportation. For more information, visit the website at http://drivingclean.chdcnr.